America's Greatest Gourmet Burger

America's Greatest Gourmet Burger

America's Greatest Gourmet Burger

Episode 61: Ava's Menu


Serves 4


1 tablespoon/15 ml sherry vinegar
3 tablespoons/40 ml olive oil
1 tablespoon/15 g Dijon mustard
1/2 cup/140 g ketchup
2 teaspoons/about 3 g finely chopped fresh chives
2 teaspoons/about 3 g finely chopped fresh tarragon
2 tablespoons/30 ml olive oil
2 shallots, finely diced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 1/4 pounds/600 g freshly ground chuck beef (preferably prime grade)
2 tablespoons/5 g finely chopped fresh Italian parsley
2 teaspoons/10 g Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon/5 g Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon/2.5 g salt
1/4 teaspoon/1.3 g freshly ground black pepper
1 large egg, beaten to blend
6 bacon slices
4 brioche hamburger buns, split in half
Four 1-ounce/30-g slices Gruyere cheese
Four 1-ounce/30-g slices foie gras, frozen
1 small black truffle


  1. Place the vinegar in a large bowl. Gradually add the oil, whisking constantly until well blended. Whisk in the mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Whisk in the ketchup. Stir in the chives and tarragon. Set the sauce aside.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon/15 ml of oil in a heavy small sauté pan over medium heat. Add the shallots. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and sauté for 3 minutes or until soft. Stir in the garlic. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
  3. Gently mix the ground beef, parsley, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, sautéed shallots and garlic in a large bowl until well blended. Mix in the egg.
  4. Divide the beef mixture into 4 equal mounds and shape each mound into a 4-inch/10-cm diameter patty. Set the patties aside. Lay the bacon strips in a heavy large frying pan and cook over medium heat for about 8 minutes or until crisp and golden.
  5. Remove from the heat and set the bacon aside. Let rest for 1 minute. Transfer the cooked bacon to paper towels to absorb the excess oil. Break the bacon strips in half. Broil the brioche buns cut side up for 1 to 2 minutes or until lightly toasted.
  6. Meanwhile, heat a heavy large nonstick griddle pan or sauté pan over medium-high heat. Drizzle the pan with 1 tablespoon/15 ml of olive oil and cook the beef patties for 2 to 3 minutes or until brown on the bottom.
  7. Turn the patties over. Top the patties with the Gruyere cheese and cook for about 3 minutes longer or until the patties are cooked to medium-rare doneness.
  8. Set the patties on the bun bottoms. Place the crispy bacon on top of the patties. Heat a heavy large nonstick sauté pan over high heat until it begins to smoke.
  9. Add the foie gras and cook for 25 seconds on each side or just until the foie gras is brown on the outside but still soft in the center (you will need the fan on full force for this as the foie gras will release a lot of fat that will begin to smoke).
  10. Place the foie gras on top of the bacon on the patties. Shave the truffle very thinly over the foie gras (you may not need the entire truffle). Cover with the bun tops. Serve with the Bois Boudran sauce and enjoy!

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